Singapore is south-east Asia’s hi-tech  wealthy city-state which is also known for the conservatism of its leaders and its strict social controls.

The country comprises the main island – linked by a causeway and a bridge to the southern tip of Malaysia – and around 50 smaller islands.

Once a colonial outpost of Britain  Singapore has become one of the world’s most prosperous places – with glittering skyscrapers and a thriving port.